Kangaroo - The Australian Story
This was Twentieth Century Fox's first of many productions in Australia.
The promos for this movie say it all. Watch the film and compare:
"Tribute to greatness...TO-NIGHT SCREEN HISTORY IS MADE...as "Kangaroo," the first feature film in Technicolor produced by Hollywood in Australia, makes its debut before distinguished audiences at gala charity previews in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Port Augusta (S.A.) ...memorable occasions to mark the beginning of a new phase of this great enterprise ..."
"SOON all Australia will be seeing the motion picture that has excited world-wide interest...Two years to make but worth waiting for. A motion picture of Australia - for Australia - expertly made as only Hollywood knows how!"
"The continent time forgot...See the wild aborigines of Australia dance the blood-tingling corroboree. See giant lizards, wombats, dingos, bull ants, extinct everywhere else for 60,000,000 years"
"They have caught the thunder of thirst-crazed herds, the scream of the boomerang, and a bull-whip fight never before seen on the screen"
"The cameras record the sight and sound of aborigines in the exciting dance of the corroboree"
"Excitement STAMPEDES THE SCREEN!"
"The Cry of Mighty Adventure!"
Original Music by
Charles G. Clarke
Film Editing by
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler
Maureen O'Hara...Dell McGuire
Peter Lawford...Richard Connor
Finlay Currie...Michael McGuire
Richard Boone...John W. Gamble
Chips Rafferty...Trooper 'Len' Leonard
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell...Matt
Guy Doleman...Pleader (uncredited)
Subject: Kangaroo restored by The Video Cellar
Am waiting for Becky Sharp as that is a disaster as well as The Constant Woman and That Uncertain Feeling with Merle Oberon. As You Like It with Olivier as well.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Even though it's a second eleven in terms of creative team (Lewis Milestone's best days were behind him), and the cast is also only fair average (Maureen O'Hara, Lawford and Boone), it's a chance to see Rafferty and Tingwell working for the man, and a chance to see how stampedes, Aborigines, and Australian fauna, could be sold as exotically interesting (just like Australia tried, many years later).
Probably only one star as a film, but four for its cultural implications if you're interested in that kind of thing. Thanks to the uploader and may he continue to keep uploading old Australian films (he's a better resource than the NFSA).
By the way, the term abo is currently deemed to be derogatory, offensive and racist in Australia, a rough equivalent of the "n" word in America. Rolf Harris recently apologized for using it in his song, and removed the offending verse.
Oh and as an update, I see a few others have penned words of praise. Well if they can't get a laugh out of all the animals Maureen O'Hara encounters in the first five minutes - the standard wombat moments beloved of Hollywood in Australia, not to mention the indigenous fauna - perhaps they should head off to a zoo ... and leave the rest of us to enjoy our camp movies. And the anime ...
Subject: OK Flick
Subject: really worth a look
Subject: Completely devoid of anything
Honestly, this movie offers nothing.
Remember, don't mistreat the abos, if anyone is watchin'.